Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Most Common Pain Seen at a Pain Management Clinic

For chiropractors, pain management goes hand in hand with spinal adjustments. Why?

Every ailment a patient sees a chiropractor for—unexplained back pain, headaches, you name it—gets a holistic, or whole body, evaluation and treatment. And it doesn’t use medication—something more and more patients are looking for. This makes chiropractic a great solution for managing chronic pain.

Speaking of chronic pain, there are three types that pain management specialists see the most, and that chiropractic happens to also address. Let’s look closely at them.

Lower Back Pain
Chronic pain in the lower back usually indicates that the cause of pain is difficult to identify. Remember that chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. Usually lower back pain that isn’t related to something chiropractors like the team at True Wellness Chiropractic in Chattanooga, TN, can diagnose, like sciatica or a herniated disc, that goes on for months without ending, is relegated to “chronic pain.”

Once labeled thus, the pain becomes something that must be managed. Most lower back pain is managed well through spinal adjustments administered by a chiropractor, or managed through a variety of means by a pain management specialist.

A pain management specialist will offer things like medication, physical therapy, even cognitive behavioral therapy, to keep the pain from overwhelming the patient. Lower back pain is a big reason people seek out pain management throughout the year.

Neck Pain
There are many things that cause neck pain. The culprit can be anything from sleeping in the same position all night to an old sports injury. But when it comes to chronic pain, the reason for ongoing neck pain is not necessarily so straightforward.

Mayo Clinic says that neck pain is a common complaint, often originating in poor posture. When you experience neck pain—whether you know the cause or not—for more than 3 months, it is considered chronic. At this point, it is best to have the pain managed by either a chiropractor or a pain management specialist.

Chronic neck pain can be caused by any number of things. It can be the result of nerve interference from a herniated disc in the spine. It can be a strained muscle that didn’t heal properly. It can be as simple as repeated bad posture. The best way to address your neck pain is to see a health professional like we’ve already mentioned.

Knee/Joint Pain
Chiropractic treats the musculoskeletal system. Those suffering with joint pain in the world of chronic pain may in fact find relief with chiropractic.

Joint pain is commonly caused by injury or overuse, but diseases like arthritis are also frequent culprits. When you overextend or receive blunt force to the muscles surrounding a joint, the joint becomes strained, causing pain. If it doesn’t heal properly, this can lead to chronic pain, which is where a pain management team comes in. And if a chiropractor isn’t on this team, you really want to look into getting one, because it’s usually pretty effective in treating joint pain.

Why do you get pain management?
The most common types of pain that a pain management center will see are related to lower back, neck, and knee or joint pain. Chiropractic is a great solution alongside the other treatments offered by a pain management team, so consider adding it in if you don’t already receive chiropractic for chronic pain.

What about you—do you attend a pain management center? If so, is your pain related to the musculoskeletal system? Let us know your experience in the comments, especially if a chiropractor is involved!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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